Memphis AFSCME Local 1733 Endorses Karl Dean for Governor

Memphis AFSCME Local 1733 Endorses Karl Dean for Governor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 18, 2018) — In a recent board meeting, AFSCME Local 1733 members voted unanimously to endorse former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s candidacy for governor.

Ron Nesbitt, Political Director for AFSCME Local 1733 said, “We are excited to announce our support for Mayor Dean and his campaign. As governor, he will be a strong advocate for working families by ensuring every Tennessean has access to a quality public education and the opportunity to succeed.”

While some areas of Tennessee are thriving, there are parts of Tennessee that have been forgotten and left behind. Dean’s campaign has put an emphasis on those forgotten areas of Tennessee including Shelby County. As governor, Dean will prioritize recruiting businesses to underdeveloped areas as well as expanding procurement nondiscrimination programs that support minority owned businesses.

“It will be a top priority to provide Memphis with its fair share of state economic development resources to capitalize on the city’s strengths and bring good paying jobs to the area,” says Karl Dean. “Recognizing the high level of urban poverty, I will work with local leaders to not only create opportunities for access to healthcare and jobs but also to invest in improving public schools and vocational training programs – it’s all connected.”

About Memphis AFSCME Local 1733:

AFSCME Local 1733 in Memphis was officially recognized in 1968, but it formed several years earlier in an attempt to gain collective bargaining rights for Memphis city employees. Local 1733 earned assistance from AFSCME International when sanitation workers began a strike on February 12, 1968. While the workers struck for union recognition, pay increase, a grievance procedure, and dues deduction, racial discrimination was also a major target of the strike. In fact, inequality between black and white sanitation men was the major impetus for the strike.

AFSCME believes that every person working to sustain their community deserves respect. As part of the AFL-CIO, AFSCME is one of the nation’s leading advocates for working women and men. Our 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen, and we believe everyone deserves a chance to fulfill the American dream.


About Karl Dean

Karl Dean is a democratic candidate running for governor in 2018. Dean served two terms as the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. His administration focused on education, public safety and jobs. As mayor, he led the city of Nashville to unprecedented economic prosperity that it’s experiencing today. He kept taxes low while making significant investments in public infrastructure, paving the way for new economic development in all parts of Davidson County. Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s public defender in 1990, a role he served in for nearly a decade before becoming the city’s law director. After leaving the Mayor’s Office in September 2015, Dean began teaching at Belmont University as a distinguished visiting professor of history and political science. Dean is married to Anne Davis, a Nashville native and attorney. They have three grown children and one granddaughter. More information about Karl Dean for Governor can be found online at or by following Karl Dean on Twitter and Facebook.